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06:41 pm: Never go book shopping on an empty stomach...er...
Yes, I did it again. I dropped by the bookstore to pick up a book...ONE book...and came home with four.

One of them has a dragon on the cover. <whimper> I'm such a sucker for a good dragon.

The remaining two are about kitsuke, the art of wearing kimono and tying their belts.

Don't look at me like that. At least I resisted buying the one entirely about how to color coordinate kimono and their belts depending on the occasion, the season, your age, and about seventeen other factors. I had SOME self-control.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 7th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
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The remaining two are about kitsuke, the art of wearing kimono and tying their belts.
...Okay, I take part of the blame on this one. But why do you need two?

(I take it you found City of Glass?)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 7th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
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But why do you need two?

One is for beginners, and has explanations of all the different pieces you need and instructions on belt-tying methods you can do alone. The other is more comprehensive, with lots of example photographs and more fancy styles, such as wedding kimono and geisha fashions and such.

Did you know there's a belt bow called 文庫結び?
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 7th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Did you know there's a belt bow called 文庫結び?
...Meant for hiding books inside?

I did! And I looked at the pictures.
That origami airplane is really impressive, huh? I sure never made anything like that when I was a kid.
(Don't even get me started on "This is the first battle on American soil since ______." [I'll let you find out what _____ is for yourself.] No. No, Sidney, it's not. YOU'RE MAKING YOUR HISTORY TEACHER CRY.)

But I'm debating whether I should start reading it or concentrate on finishing the PH stories...
*cough*purpleheaven*cough*
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:March 7th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Never mind Purple Heaven. If one of you doesn't tell me soon if Steve is going to survive the morning, I will CRY.

^_~

*sigh* My new unachievable goal is someday being able to read all the City of Glass novels. (The old unachievable goal was to be able to read all of Koori, but I think that one might actually be entering the zone of the achievable now. At some not too distant point, anyway.)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 7th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Never mind Purple Heaven. If one of you doesn't tell me soon if Steve is going to survive the morning, I will CRY.
Spoiler tags to protect spacealien_vamp. Highlight to read.

Both towers have fallen now, and Steve is still alive, so I think he's safe. The other firefighter who was with him (random guy just introduced in this book), is not looking so good. He pushed Steve (who was holding an injured guy) down and covered him as the building was collapsing, and apparently hit his head. He's unconscious right now. It wouldn't surprise me if she kills him and makes Steve angst about it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 8th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
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...Meant for hiding books inside?

Wouldn't that be great?

I don't know why it's called that, but I'm guessing it's because the edges of the bow that droop down look very square and book-like.

文庫結び
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 8th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, they do look like books. Little silky, purple books.

...

*wants to read them*

>.>
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 10th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
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That origami airplane is really impressive, huh? I sure never made anything like that when I was a kid.

<mournful sigh> But he made it out of square origami paper. That makes it special. <snerk>

(Don't even get me started on "This is the first battle on American soil since ______." [I'll let you find out what _____ is for yourself.] No. No, Sidney, it's not. YOU'RE MAKING YOUR HISTORY TEACHER CRY.)

I just got to that part. <wince> Sidney, you went to West Point. Don't tell me you don't know about a little thing called the Civil War. You know, in which more Americans died than in any other war in history? In which entire cities were destroyed? (If you'd been born in Atlanta, you'd have known this.)

Even if you make that an exception because it's not a war with a foreign country, there's also the War of 1812, in which (among other things) Washington was attacked and the White House burned. (If you'd ever watched Due South, you would have known this too.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 7th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
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(I take it you found City of Glass?)

I did! And I looked at the pictures. But I'm debating whether I should start reading it or concentrate on finishing the PH stories...
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:March 7th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
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LOL at title! Because I have often observed this to be the case. (The other dangerous factor is entering a bookstore immediately after consuming a triple latte. Causes extreme jitters AND a desire to spend too much money.)
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From:wiliqueen
Date:March 7th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
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Don't look at me like that.

Like what? Enviously? ;-)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 7th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Like what? Enviously?

They are, in fact, available from Amazon Japan:

  • Hitori de Kirareru Hajimete no Kitsuke to Obi-musubi
  • Kitsuke to Obi-musubi Hyakka

    They're in Japanese, but they're step-by-step photo-illustrated.
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    From:finabair
    Date:March 7th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)

    Being helpful

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    I resisted buying the one entirely about how to color coordinate kimono and their belts depending on the occasion, the season, your age, and about seventeen other factors.

    That one sounds kinda interesting too, y'know...
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:March 7th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)

    Re: Being helpful

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    That one sounds kinda interesting too, y'know...

    It was. I spent a long time looking through it at the store. But then I reasoned that I will never own enough kimono or belts that I would ever need to know such fine details.

    It was hard. ;_;
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